Record numbers at duathlon

Clouds threatened, but nothing was going to stop more than 490 committed kids as they hit the V8 track last Tuesday, for the Pukekohe Raceway Kids Obstacle Duathlon. The event was a classic run-bike-run challenge with a twist, featuring fun obstacles incorporated into the final run leg. Bombay School took out seven podium spots, followed closely by Karaka School with […]

Pollok Co-op in action

For such a small community, Pollok punches above its weight when it comes to art. All members of the Pollok Co-op were involved in the recent Franklin Arts Festival. Some assisted with the organisation of the festival, while others entered the art competition itself. Stephenie Collin had the honour of being chosen as judge for the Textiles category. Phil Jordan […]

Franklin Basketball’s u13s on top

Unbeaten, unrivalled and under 13. Franklin Basketball’s under 13 boys’ team have come out on top of the table at ABSL Super City Basketball competition for 2017, becoming the first Franklin team to ever take out the competition. Competing in the A grade, the boys, aged 10-12 faced other representative teams from North Harbour, Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitakere. This […]

Gardening with Ruth 03 October

A distinctive loud call of the first shining cuckoo for the year brought joy to my heart.  On Wednesday 20 September I heard the first shining cuckoo for the year. The distinctive call of the shining cuckoo is described as a loud, upwardly-slurred whistle repeated several times. The sequence usually ends with a downwardly-slurred whistle. Repeated downward-slurred calls are thought […]

Baker’s Banter- 03 October

So the election is done, the voting over and now we sit back and wait to see who we have as a Government. Where we head in a variety of directions, what will be delivered from all the promises and most importantly when. For us in Franklin, it is within the ‘when’ that the biggest differences lie. The incumbent Government […]

Sea-ing green in the library

When Patumahoe Primary School lead, Jade Tawhiti, mentioned the school librarians would like their space brightened up—they weren’t expecting their wish to be granted. The community-minded staff at Franklin Law, got straight to work on revamping the library. They supplied their in-house painters, the paint, (donated) as well as a considerable allotment of new books, with the entire team being […]

Thousands raised for charity at races

On Sunday 24 September, Pukekohe Park hosted their annual charity race day for the New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST). The NZST is a registered charity that helps people with spinal cord impairments, and is a cause close to a lot of racing participants hearts. The profit from the 2017 raceday just been has been totalled at over $16,000 going directly […]

On ya bike for Canteen

Students at Pukekohe High School jumped on an exer-cycle bike last week as one of the events of Canteen Week. On Friday 29 September, the students were joined by Police and local businesses who were also participating.  The school hall was pumping with lights and sounds as the students dressed in their house colours and rode for one hour slots. […]

Pukekohe snooker club pockets a legend

Professional snooker legend, Dene O’Kane, has been appointed as chairman of Pukekohe cue sports club, Massé. As New Zealand’s only snooker player to have competed successfully on the International Professional Snooker tour, Dene says he’s thrilled to take on the new role. “Massé has a great profile in the grass roots of the sport. We’re in a great position to […]

Police seek identity of good Samaritan in Takanini

Police are seeking the identity of a man who came to the aid of a gentleman outside the Westpac Bank on Great South Road, Takanini, on Monday 2 October 2017. Unfortunately, the ill gentleman passed away of a suspected medical event – however, before emergency services arrived, a man came to his aid and commenced CPR around 2pm. Police would […]


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